In a formal Repatriation Ceremony on Friday, April 28, 2023, at 3:00 PM, the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America (GOARCH) will commemorate the return of three manuscripts, dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries, by Swann Galleries.
In January 2023, GOARCH General Counsel George Tsougarakis received an unexpected call; Swann Auction Galleries of New York was on the other line. After discovering the origins of three manuscripts formerly in their collections, they said, they wanted to return them home to the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. The manuscripts are among nearly 900 religious objects and manuscripts looted from the Theotokos Eikosiphoinissa Patriarchal and Stavropegial Monastery by Bulgarian combatants during World War I.
Repatriation Ceremony for Three Historic Manuscripts to the Theotokos Eikosiphoinissa Patriarchal and Stavropegial Monastery by Swann Galleries
Friday, April 28, 2023, at 3:00 PM
Archbishop Elpidophoros of America
Colonel Matthew Bogdanos, Assistant District Attorney for the City of New York & Head of Antiquities Trafficking Unit
Devon Eastland, Senior Specialist of Early Printed Books at Swann Galleries
George A. Tsougarakis, General Counsel of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America
St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church and National Shrine – World Trade Center
130 Liberty Street, New York, NY 10006
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